Music Monday and Memories…

I still wonder how it’s possible that after 18-years my body knows, my subconscious remembers. It starts with my body feeling heavy. I get that awful lump in my throat and feel sick.

How does a certain song trigger our minds to recall memories, some beautiful and some so sad? Why did this song randomly play on the radio station I’m listening to today?

Then I realize this is the day that all those years ago went from a beautiful, warm spring day and an evening out with my daughters to the night in an intensive care waiting room praying for God not to take my brother from me.

This is the day my brother and his band-mates were driving home after practicing for a show at the Trocadera in Philadelphia that would raise money for the children of members in another band that lost their lives in a freak explosion as they practiced.

David, Anthony and Joe were attacked for driving too slow.

We have a big family and at that time David was the only musician. He was our music man.

I wanted to create a video so that our memories of David would be preserved for all of the new members of our family. I wanted them to know him, love him and miss him too.

When I heard Alan Parson’s Brother up in Heaven I could not stop crying. To this day I cannot believe I actually emailed him and asked if I could use the music and change up the words for our video. I am so grateful to him for saying absolutely and always will be.

Our niece Caroline was so kind to sing the song for us. Her voice is beautiful.

Brother Up In Heaven


We have quite a few musicians in our family today and the most talented is David’s son.

Days like today remind me of this quote from Rose Kennedy. She is so right.

What songs bring back special, beautiful or sad memories for you?


Foodie Friday Fragments are changing…


Foodie Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

A lot can change in a week and the change in our weather has been a welcome one! For the first time in a few years we are expecting a warm Easter Sunday.

My granddaughter Adriana played her first softball game the other day. Her sister played all through grade, middle and high school and because of an injury cannot play in college. I’m looking forward to attending as many games as I can and am looking forward to watching that “I got it” moment.

Have you been watching the new 24? I’m definitely missing Chloe and Jack but just like the original series the hour is non- stop action that has me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The story line is realistic and horrifying. In fact I am having trouble keeping track of all of these shows that seem to be trying to align with the reality of our political climate. It’s overwhelming and the story lines are so similar it’s getting monotonous. I’m not sure I’ll watch Homeland, 24, and Designated Survivor next season. SIX and the Americans still have my attention.

I’m even bored with the Housewives and HGTV. Maybe I should shut the TV off and write another book.

April the giraffe is FINALLY in the early stages of labor according to the vet. Maybe she will have an Easter baby.  UPDATE: April had a baby boy!

I’ve been getting a ton of emails asking me for my new email address because apparently Verizon is getting out of the email business. It’s probably a good idea because the service is pretty awful but I was panicking because of my contacts and all of my business email files. I hadn’t heard anything from Verizon about this so I wondered if they were hacked again. I called today and was told I am not one of the customers being rolled over to AOL…yet. I’m nervous.

I had my yearly check-up a few weeks ago and because I’ve had several severe allergic reactions & have been having trouble catching my breath since the last one, my doc ordered a bunch of tests. I’ve known for two-years that I most likely had Celiac Disease. I blew it off other than cutting down on breads. What in the world was I thinking? I had no idea how serious this disease is and I never imagined it was the cause of the increased severity of my allergic reactions. None of these tests are coming back with simple results. I admit it, I’m nervous. Getting older is definitely complicated.

The Foodie part of Friday Fragments is definitely going to change. Any ideas or recipes you can share with me will be greatly appreciated! For me it is no gluten and no grain.

These crackers have saved me. I’ve been slicing cherry tomatoes and small slices of mozzarella and baking them for 5 or 6-minutes. They are really good! Not pizza but an okay substitute. I’ll keep telling myself that.


Please keep my family in your thought and prayers this Easter/Passover season. We have a few members dealing with serious health issues. I will do the same for you!

Have a blessed Easter/Passover.


Registration is now open for the Amazing Philadelphia Writers Conference. I am so excited to be presenting a 3-day workshop on Nonfiction/Memoir. If you plan to attend let me know, I’d love to meet up with you!


I am also presenting a workshop on book marketing at the New Jersey Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference (NJSCBWI) I’ve never been to this conference so I am looking forward to it. If you plan to attend this one please let me know so we can meet up!







Foodie Friday Fragments Taco Style…


I apologize this post is late. WordPress issues.

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for an entire post but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations. “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments Post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your Fragments.

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Comfort Food Foodie Friday Fragments…


Friday Fragments… Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

On the 3rd Wednesday of every month I attend a Press Club Luncheon. I enjoy most of the guest speakers we have but this past week our speakers were interesting and actually fun. They brought puppets; they actually design/build and operate puppets. They were cute too, the guys and the puppets!

Monkey Boys Productions  is a unique multi-medium production company that creates puppets, props, creatures, costumes, practical effects, and entertainment for film, television, and stage.

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Share A Story and a Cup…

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Folger Coffee Company. The opinions and text are all mine. folgers-share-a-cup

With Veterans Day approaching I am reminded of how appreciative I am to the veterans in my own life and to all of our nation’s veterans.

When I think about them and what they have sacrificed for all of us I want to do so much more than say thank you.

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Trying to get the lyrics right…

Trying to Figure Out The Words to a Song?

Don’t you hate it when you listen to a song for a number of times,  but still having a hard time figuring out the lyrics, and asking yourself if it’s an alien language that you need to decipher? Or, you know what is even worse? When someone is getting the lyrics wrong and they don’t believe you when you try to correct them. Maybe there could be an app for that?

That would be great. But I have bad news. There was a study comparing how well two professional transcriptionists would compete against, the top of the line in voice transcription computer, the IBM Watson. Also known as “the smartest machine on Earth.” Their mission; accurately record four songs that were from country Taylor Swift singing “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Rock with Van Halen jamming “Runnin With the Devil,” a classic Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” and back to country with Brad Paisley’s “Ticks.”

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I love Raisinets…

Insecure Writers Support Group


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

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Irish Dance in Bucks County Pa…

With the world-wide success of Riverdance and more recently Lord of the Dance, Irish dancing schools in Ireland and North America are filling up with young students wanting to learn the dancing styles that brought Jean Butler and Michael Flatley international fame.

Brittany Schmid saw Riverdance when she was four-years-old and fell in love. Her mother signed her up for classes, she went on to compete and win and now her dream of opening her own dance school is coming true!

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Media Kits…

Writing Wednesday

Typewriter Pink

Wednesday is the day I share what I have learned on my journey from writing to publication, marketing and writing and publishing again. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. If you have any tips please share them with us…

Media Kits

Once you become a published author you have no idea who may be stalking visiting your website. If a member of the media visits looking for information on you and/ or your book what will they find? Professional bloggers should have media kits too.

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Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers…

When my mother-in-law became ill and could no longer be home alone, there was no question I would leave my job and care for her. When my father was diagnosed with cancer there was no doubt I would fly or drive from Pennsylvania to Florida as often as possible to help my mother with his care. From the minute my father was put into Hospice care until he passed away I personally cared for him.

Dad and Me

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